Global offshore wind leader Ørsted today (22) held the groundbreaking ceremony, kicking off the construction of a whole new green building at the Port of Taichung to serve as the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base for the 900MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a Offshore Wind Farms. The base will serve as the work site for the operational site management team, allowing them to be in close contact with the O&M Offshore Service Operation Vessel (SOV) and all highly skilled technician teams onboard.
Scheduled to be operational from 2022 and onwards, the O&M base is the first of its kind that Ørsted has invested in building in Taiwan and across the Asia-Pacific region. It will become the largest O&M base in Taiwan once completed and the first in the region to adopt a very sustainable minded building design, in line with Ørsted’s vision to create a world that runs entirely on green energy.
Ørsted has signed contracts with MOH Associates Inc., a local firm of the MAA Group, and Tung Kai Technology Engineering Co., Ltd., to be responsible for the design and construction of the state-of-the-art O&M base.
Matthias Bausenwein, President of Ørsted Asia-Pacific, says: “The O&M base well demonstrates that Ørsted is making long-term commitment to Taiwan through building wind farms and ramping up local O&M competence to not only serve operational needs for a long period of time, but also to create an offshore wind value chain in Taiwan.”
“The investment of building Ørsted’s first ever O&M base in Asia once again sets Taiwan at the forefront of offshore wind expansion in the Asia-Pacific region, covering all phases of the wind farm life cycle.”
Christy Wang, General Manager of Ørsted in Taiwan, says: “The fact that we are making this investment in building own O&M base in Taiwan serves as an excellent example of how we go beyond Taiwan’s localization requirements. This is underlined by the fact that we partnered with local companies for the design and construction of the O&M base.”
“It is expected that the O&M base can stimulate growth of related O&M businesses and create local direct and indirect quality jobs with our contractors and suppliers during the O&M construction phase.”
Ørsted’s O&M base in Taiwan has been designed with inspirations from Ørsted’s O&M facilities in Europe, taking into consideration the local weather potentials by adopting green solutions, such as recycling of rainwater, maximal application of local green materials, solar panels and charging stations for electric cars and scooters.
These efforts are in line with Ørsted’s decarbonization program and commitment to the global EV 100 initiative to create a greener and more sustainable world. Furthermore, it will be a facility with a gold rating from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), making it the flagship O&M center for Ørsted Asia-Pacific.
Ørsted is also the global leader when it comes to operations and maintenance, currently operating a fleet and more than 1,500 offshore wind turbines worldwide. Ørsted has announced to deploy a bespoke SOV for the Greater Changhua Offshore Wind Farms, which is an unprecedented industrial practice in Taiwan. In combination with the new O&M base, Ørsted is well positioned to ensure the ultimate efficiency of the daily O&M performance, as well as reliability and availability of the wind turbines to provide clean energy.